FBI Finds Buried Treasure in Armored Truck Driver's Yard

The driver admitted to stealing more than $1 million from a truck in 2014
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2015 2:45 PM CDT
Police and FBI officials carry a container and bag with part of more than $500,000 stolen in an armored car heist after digging the cash up in the backyard of a home near Los Angeles on Wednesday.   (KNBC via AP, Pool)
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(Newser) – The FBI found buried treasure—approximately $600,000—in the backyard of a suburban Los Angeles home this week, Reuters reports. According to the Los Angeles Times, the twenties and hundreds making up the haul were carefully sealed in a large food storage bin a foot underground, between two trees. The house used to be occupied by armored truck driver Cesar Yanez, who is currently serving nearly five years in prison after admitting to swiping more than $1 million from one of his own trucks in 2014, Reuters reports.

The Times reports the FBI had already found approximately $90,000—plus 23 firearms—at the home following Yanez's arrest. But until this week, no one knew where the bulk of the money was stashed. The discovery of the $600,000 could be good news for Yanez, who's been ordered to pay back nearly $1 million as part of his sentence. According to Reuters, the FBI is still trying to figure out where the remaining $400,000 or so was hidden or spent. (Read more buried treasure stories.)

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